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Picking a Hotel for April, do I stay MGM again?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by colorfinger, Feb 17, 2017.

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  1. colorfinger

    colorfinger Low-Roller

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    I'm headed back for the first time in a couple years. I'll be spending part of my time at a conference at the Sands but don't intend to stay at the Venetian. I have MyVegas rewards and am planning to stay at an MLife property... but which one?

    So the background.

    I'm a mid thirties guy and a low roller visiting solo. My first visit was about 12 years ago and I stayed West Wing at MGM. I didn't hate it. I know a lot of people do, but it was fine. My biggest issue was the walk felt like forever. I doubt it is true, but I swear it felt longer than getting to the casino from the Signature Tower 2.

    For conferences at the Sands, I use to stay at Sahara take the monorail. Then I stayed at Harrah a couple times for its easy access to the Sands.

    At other times I've stayed at Rio (it was pretty nice), Texas Station (not so much), and South Pointe (surprisingly decent).

    My last two trips I was doing a convention center convention and stayed at the Signature at MGM. Access to the Monorail was easy enough. Pretty good food choices at MGM. The room was as nice as staying at a Gaylord but at half the price. Tender at Luxor was awesome and reasonably accessible from MGM. I'm leaning towards staying either at MGM or back at the Sig but I'm not sure yet. I've never stayed in the Grand rooms at MGM, I don't intend to stay in the West Wing, but I may go Signature Tower.

    Gaming wise I am happy with low end Black Jack. I'll hit the slots some as well. Every Casino, though, seems to have a spot I can get comfortable except my visit to Bally's. That just never felt comfortable but nothing specific I could put my finger on.

    I don't do much pool time or utilize the spa (but I did like the in room jet tub).

    Conference at Sands.

    Prefer MLife for the MyVegas rewards. I don't have status with MLife right now other than that.

    Most likely destinations other than Sands are: Tender and 9 Fine Irishmen

    Outside of hitting those two restaurants, I'll likely try to find somewhere new (to me) to eat.

    I have a tendency to find a spot I like and just going back (so 3 straight stays at Sahara before they shut down, followed by 3 at Harrah's before trying an upgrade in room at Sig. because Rio had been so much nicer than Harrah). While there are advantages to a familar place, I wonder if I'm missing out. I've always stayed on the monorail side for the convenience of travel. Since I don't tend to stay at the Hotel with the conference, I don't rent a car, and the early morning trip to the conference is the weak point in my plan to stay in a different hotel.

    I'm trying to stay for an average price, before fees, of $200 a night (or less) starting April 17th. So I know there will be plenty opinions... what say ye?
     
  2. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    Did you plan on using a myVegas reward for room, or is that already taken care of?

    The only mLife property on the monorail side is the MGM Grand.

    I would try the Tender Steakhouse at Luxor. myVegas has a $75 off $150 coupon. I used it in December and IMHO Tender is an excellent steakhouse. I posted a review with pictures in the food section.

    Other than that, I've pretty much been "out" of the mLife scene except for HGS at Christmas, so I can't give you any other hints at where to eat.
     
    Another NGO trip. QQQQ/NYNY
  3. SaltyNutSnack

    SaltyNutSnack LSU 2019 National Champions! Geaux Tigers!

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    Have you looked into the Mirage?
     
  4. colorfinger

    colorfinger Low-Roller

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    DaiLun, I already cashed in for the $75 at Tender. It was available the other night when I checked so I grabbed it knowing that was one I would certainly want. You are certainly right, it is a great place to eat. When you consider the myVegas coupon, it is one of the better choices on the strip in my opinion. I will probably grab a Fine Nine also since that tends to be a good deal as well. I haven't settled on using a room credit since they tend to be WW at MGM and I don't know a lot about the other MLife properties. I've never actually used the myVegas for a room credit instead opting for food coupons and monorail.

    Salty, I have considered Mirage but don't know much about it. I have stepped foot in their in years but I've heard it is nice and should be in my budget. Anyone know how difficult that journey across to Sands is from there? Is it fairly easy access to the cross over at TI or is there a closer one?
     
  5. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    It's .8 mile you could walk it, but it depends on the time of year.

    I just mentioned Mirage in a recent thread about "worst walks from check-in to the room". The rooms at Mirage are way in the back of the property. You have to walk all the way through the casino to get to the front door,

    If it were me, I'd stay at MGM Grand and take the tram. I'm twice as old as you and have bad knees. I could walk it, but I don't go to Las Vegas for the exercise.
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Either stay at Mirage or MGM and take tram. 6 of one, half dozen of the other.
     
  7. colorfinger

    colorfinger Low-Roller

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    Anyone with experience at MGM and Mirage have some input between the Grand King and the Executive King rooms? Is the Executive worth the upgrade? How do these rooms compare to Signature Suites? Price wise the Grand King and Sig are similar but the Executive is still in budget.
    With the Mirage it looks like there are a view variations of the standard room based on view and then a Resort Tower room that looks to be very similar. Is it a particularly different room?

    I know it is subjective since the value of the room varies by the person but I'd be interested in hearing others experiences.
     
  8. Chuck2009x

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    I've never stayed at Sig, I don't think I ever would, I usually only stay at MGM Grand for 3 nights and I never leave the property - I wouldn't want to have to make the hike to the casino.

    I've stayed in a Grand King, Executive King and Tower Spa Suites. The Executive King and Tower Spa suites are about the same size, larger than the Grand King. The Spa Suite is worth a little more because of the tub, but on a solo trip, I wouldn't spend more than $20 more a night for either one of them as compared to a regular King. It's a little more room. And I like a bigger room, and if it was comped, I'd take it. But solo, do you need it? Eh.

    Never stayed at Mirage.
     
  9. NJbadlands

    NJbadlands PH and Cosmo October 11-15/mirage july 11-14

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    Stayed at both, but I'd choose Mirage hands down. One of my favorite properties. Walk from check in to room is three minutes to elevator tops.

    Pool is great. Many food options. Amazing sports book.
     
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    If you're doing myVegas rewards at Luxor and Nine Fine, have you considered NYNY? I've stayed there many times and never had a bad experience. It's more of a haul to get to V/P but you can tram it most of the way from MC to Bellagio.

    If you've stayed at the West Wing I don't think a Madison or even a Park would be too much of a downgrade. Always clean quiet and comfy in my experience. Love the casino as a low roller too, lots of fun and good energy.
     
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  11. colorfinger

    colorfinger Low-Roller

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    Good point, I hadn't thought about staying at NYNY. I've always enjoyed the piano bar and some of the eats there but I haven't stayed or gambled there. I'll have to check out their availability too. Are the Marquis Suites nice? Seems like a reasonable price tag for a larger room with whirlpool.
     
  12. Gomar

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    I was at MGM last year, but would try another prop, like Luxor, Bally's, Harrah's,etc. Too many yuppies, coolios, going to Hanakkan to bother with.
    Too much smoke, and nothing but empty restaurants.
    Oh, and I hated their buffet.
     
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